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Simply Board Feet

Simply Board Feet
by Douglas E. Maxwell

Linden Publishing: 2006
Paperback, 58 pp., $9.95
ISBN 1-933502-04-5

     A short review of a short book: this one will simplify the lives of any woodworkers needing to measure or inventory solid wood stock. This is a book of tables, with pre-figured dimensions for everything from four-quarter material one foot long, to sixteen-quarter material twenty feet long and twenty-five inches wide.
     So, without a calculator or a notepad, you could go to the lumber yard, select a stunning piece of bubinga three inches thick (12/4 material) and sixteen feet long by eleven inches wide, turn to page 48 and see that the board contains forty-four board feet of lumber. Figures are tallied for widths from one to twenty-five inches, lengths from one foot to twenty feet, and thicknesses from 4/4 to 16/4, all in inches and feet, no metrics.
     If you are confused by cut lists or board-foot requirements, this book may be a great help. It also frees a woodworker from the entrapment of relying on pre-cut sizes at the home improvement warehouses, and going instead for raw lumber at a local lumber yard, confident in the amount you're buying. Selecting for grain matches and buying extra is up to you, but this book gives pre-figured data on almost all board-foot values.

. . . Barb Siddiqui